'''Elizabeth Clift Bacon Custer''' (April 8, 1842 – April 4, 1933) was an American author and public speaker, and the wife of Lt Colonel George Armstrong Custer
. She spent most of their marriage in relatively close proximity to him despite his numerous military campaigns in the American Civil War
and subsequent posting on the Great Plains
as a commanding officer in the United States Cavalry
. Left nearly destitute in the aftermath of her husband's death, she became an outspoken advocate for his legacy through her popular books and lectures. Largely as a result of her decades of campaigning on his behalf, Custer's iconic portrayal as the gallant fallen hero amid the glory of 'Battle of the Little Bighorn|Custer's Last Stand
' was a canon of American history for almost a century after his death.